Saturday, April 5, 2014

Who Would Love This Car But Me?

True gearheads will identify with this immediately! 

"Who Would Love This Car But Me".
From the "Ignition" album by Brian Setzer.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Police in N. Texas Stopping Random Drivers for DNA and Blood Samples

Police in North Texas are stopping random drivers in Fort Worth on the behalf of Federal contractors for random blood and DNA samples.  It's supposed to be to check for impaired driving, and supposed to be voluntary, but how many people say "no" to police and federal employees when being forcibly pulled over?

From KXAS Ch. 5 News in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Peter Griffin on Top Gear?

This spyshot from the December issue of Top Gear Magazine confirms that Family Guy's Peter Griffin and the trio of twats from the UK version of Top Gear are buds.  I wonder if they are all in the reasonably priced car?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

WAIT!! That's Diesel!!

This kind of thing used to happen to an ex-girlfriend who used to drive my 2001 Golf TDI quite a bit back in the early to mid 2000's.  Back then, diesel cars were pretty rare in Texas and even rarer up in rural Oklahoma where she drove.  A few times, a well-meaning person would even run over to her and shut the pump off.  

This is a new commercial from Audi for their new TDI cars and it's great!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Eagle Eye Point of View

This isn't car related.  Just a couple of cool videos from a guy who can strap a GoPro camera to his pet eagle for some fantastic flight videos.

Ever wonder what it's like to fly like an eagle?  Now you can find out.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

FLASH! Tesla Has a Flat Tire!!

Exclusive story from Autoblopnik, the premier automotive news and comment blog.  

Bad news for Tesla.  First, one of the 20,000+ Model S's that have been sold so far ran over a piece of metal in the road causing a fire, now another one has suffered a flat tire causing a drastic drop in the price of TSLA stock, ironically during the same week as the totally unrelated Government shutdown.  

The Tesla Model S, CEO Elon Musk's vision of what we should all be driving, seems fundamentally flawed.  It goes only 260 miles on a charge, takes a very long 40 minutes to completely charge up at one of the Superchargers that Tesla is installing across the nation (although it should be noted that there is no charge for the charge), puts auto repair and Jiffy Lubes out of business because it uses no oil of any kind, and takes only 4.2 seconds to go 0-60mph.  Clearly too fast for the average driver of a Ford Focus or Toyota Corolla. 

I guess electric cars aren't all they are cracked up to be. 

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Read all about this breaking story here, then be sure to check out the rest of Autoblopnik (Auto news to obsess over or die) for more great stories.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Monkeemobile vs. Shelby Daytona Coupe

Now here's something you don't see every day.  A very rare Shelby Daytona Couple racing the equally rare Monkeemobile (a modified Pontiac GTO).  Enjoy!

Getting Buzzed

This would fall under the category of being caught *above* the curb, but pretty cool anyway.  This past June, I happened to see something go past my front window that seemed a little unusual....and airplane!  

I grabbed my video camera and went outside to video my own personal airshow.  It seems that something appears to have broken on a combine that was working the field across the road from my house.  It had been sitting for a couple of days when it seems that the parts needed to repair it arrived by air-mail.  

The Piper J-3 Cub first made a low pass (the one I originally saw), then landed, delivered the part, and took off again.  Then, the pilot thought he would have a little fun so he buzzed the combine (and my house in the process) a few times before taking off for home.  

This is how we do things out here in the country! 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Olympic Ski Jump -- For Tires

Have you ever wondered what kind of tire performs the best?  You can go to Tire Rack or Consumer Reports to find that information. 

But what if you want your tires to win a gold medal at the next winter Olympics in the ski jump competition?  What kind of tire would you choose?  As luck would have it, we have your information right here.  

Another public service from Caught at the Curb! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rockets and Cows - Nowhere But Texas!

Check out the latest test of the "Grasshopper" reusable rocket in McGregor, Texas.  This rocket, from Elon Musk's SpaceX, takes off, flies to the side a bit, hovers for a little while, then returns to the exact spot it took off from.  Pretty impressive. 

They threw in a small cattle stampede and a flock of birds just for good measure too. 
No word on how the bar-b-que was after the test. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Spectacular Truck Accident

Unfortunately, the driver was killed in this spectacular truck accident  on SH 161 and I-30 in Grand Prairie, Texas (a Dallas suburb).  It's unknown at this time why the truck left the highway.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

You tell'em Elon!

Friday, June 28, 2013

This is NOT "The Beast"

Photo from Motor Trend

 I love to watch movies about political intrigue, especially ones that include presidential intrigue.  This usually involves shots of the President going somewhere in his limo.  Except for movies about JFK, this usually involves using a standard stretch limo, complete with opera lights on the side, pulling up.  They may put some flags on the front fenders and a little presidential seal on the door, but it's obvious that it's not a presidential limo. 

The new movie, White House Down, opening today (6/28/13),  took things to a new level, automotively speaking.  They built three or four replicas of the newest "Beast".  The real beast is based on the GM TopKick truck and stands over 6ft tall.  Rumors also say that it's powered by a diesel engine, but that's not confirmed. 

Photo from Motor Trend
The replicas, built for around $1 million, looks very much like the real thing.  Click the video below to see a featurette about how they built it.  Kudos to the film for actually going through the trouble of at least trying to be authentic.  And a special thanks for making a featurette about the building of it.  Car nuts like me eat that stuff up. 

Also check out the article from Motor Trend where they actually got to drive these cars! 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Interesting Nurburgring Webcam Shot

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I just happened to check out the Nurburgring webcam this morning, and take a gander at what I just happened to catch.  

It seems to be a lousy day to be blasting around the Ring, but the owners of these 4 classic cars didn't seem to mind.  Anyone know what they are?  I think they are older BMWs.  Here's a second shot that I just grabbed.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Shocking Tesla Video

I'm a huge fan of the Tesla Model S sedan.  I only wish my income would allow me to buy one.  There's nothing not to like.  0-60 in 4.0 seconds, a realistic 260 miles of range.  All the features, luxury and driving performance/handling of a Mercedes S class, Audi A8, BMW 7 series, Porsche Panamera, etc., and a driver interface and features that are right out of The Jetsons.  All for as little as $73K if you can do without the power sunroof and a couple of other things, and as little as $53K if you can make due with the smallest battery pack giving only 160 miles of range. 

Photo from Tesla Motors
Photo from Tesla Motors
There are tons of videos on YouTube of great Tesla Model S reviews and owners singing the praises of their cars, but this one that I ran across this morning really caught my eye.  It's a training video from Tesla showing first responders how to treat Teslas in an accident situation.  My jaw dropped right down to the floor, however, when I hit the 27:30 mark.  Watch the video, it's pretty interesting.   If you're impatient, however, fast forward to the above mentioned point and watch from there to see something pretty shocking.  At least it was for me.  I'm not going to ruin the surprise by telling you what it'll just have to watch it for yourself. 


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Packards - With A Little Help From Our Friends

What if Lincoln, Chrysler, Cadillac, and AMC Had Designed the 1957 Packard?

From "The Daily Drive - Consumer Guide®

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The year 1956 marked the last hurrah for the “real” Packard. After that, Studebaker tried (somewhat successfully) to turn a Studebaker President into a Packard, but it was too little (literally!) too late.

There are stories of S-P trying to purchase 1956 Lincoln bodies from Ford to turn into Packards, but that idea died on the vine. What if S-P had purchased bodies from Lincoln, Chrysler, Cadillac, or even AMC and then found enough cash to make some sheetmetal and detail changes? Here’s what I think could have been the result.

Be sure to click the "Daily Drive's" link at the top of the page to see more Packards based on Cadillacs, Lincolns, Chryslers and even AMC cars.  

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays to CATC Fans!

Happy Holidays to all of you CATC fans out there!  

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Going Nowhere Fast

Baltimore issued speed camera ticket to car stopped at red light -

"The Baltimore City speed camera ticket alleged that the four-door Mazda wagon was going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone — and that owner Daniel Doty owed $40 for the infraction.  But the Mazda wasn't speeding.  It wasn't even moving. 

The two photos printed on the citation as evidence of speeding show the car was idling at a red light with its brake lights illuminated. A three-second video clip also offered as evidence shows the car motionless, as traffic flows by on a cross street."

Click on the above link to see the rest of the story, including a video of the alleged infraction. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

1963 Chrysler Turbine: Ultimate Edition - Jay Leno's Garage

Check out what is probably my all-time favorite car.  Fifty of these Ghia bodied 1963-4 Chrysler Turbine cars were given to 203 people to be used as a normal car for three months.  Logs were kept, impressions recorded, and then at the end of the trial period, these beautiful cars were destroyed

Chrysler didn't want to pay the import taxes and tariffs on the Italian-made bodies.  All but 10 were burned then crushed.  Of the remaining cars, Chrysler has three, two are in private hands, and the rest are in museums.

How sad.  

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In Autonomous Cars, Intersections Aren't For The Faint of Heart

Autonomous cars are coming.  Make no mistake about it.  Nevada has already approved autonomous cars and California is close to doing has done the same thing.  The video below is a computer simulation of how a mix of driverless cars and human drivers will handle future intersections that have NO traffic signals.  Should make for an interesting ride to work!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Richard Jones, Tucker Club Co-Founder, Dies.

Richard Jones, Tucker Club co-founder, dies | Hemmings Blog: Classic and collectible cars and parts

This is indeed sad. Mr. Jones was the “go to guy” for all things Tucker. His knowledge of them was encyclopedic to say the least. I’ve followed him for many years on the Tucker club’s website, and this is a tremendous loss for the entire Tucker community. 

RIP Richard, and thanks...

Saturday, August 25, 2012

What Could You Have Bought When You Started Driving?

I was going through some old newspaper articles on Google News Search today, and it occurred to me to check and see what used cars were around when I got my driver's license, and how much they would have cost.  

The paper is from Eugene, OR, because that just happened to be the paper I was looking at.  For the date, I picked one in July, 1970 which is the month and year I got my license.  

Just look at some of the stuff that's rare and expensive now, and how much I could have paid for it back then (if I actually lived in Eugene, OR).  

Click the jump link to see more.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

You NEED this Jeep

Doesn't everyone need an 8-wheeled, Chevy 327 powered Jeep?  Check out this one found on eBay to see lots more pictures and details. 

via Jalopnik

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Friday, August 10, 2012

The Best Mars Curosity Rover Trivia You'll See All Day

I was cruising Jesse's Just A Car Guy Blog today, and saw something that I just had to steal borrow to share with my dozens of regular readers. Did you know that as the Mars Curiosity Rover travels across the surface of the red planet, it will be leaving the letters "JPL" on the surface in Morse Code? Check out the picture of the tire treads.

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As both a car guy, and a geek (I hold a Tech Plus amateur radio license), this is something that put a big smile on my face.

Here is another Morse code Easter Egg for those of you in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.  If you find yourself in the North Dallas area some night, take a look towards the Texas Instruments headquarters site near LBJ and US 75 (Central Expressway) and look for TI's radio antenna.  You'll see it because it flashes the letters "TI" in Morse Code (one long flash, then two short ones).  I wonder how many other Morse Code Easter eggs there are out there?

Just A Car Guy
The ARRL website about the tire tread code.  

Friday, August 3, 2012

Boogie Woogie House Party

Why post another Marcia Ball music video? Because it's my blog and I want to, that's why! Besides, who doesn't like a little Boogie Woogie in their day?

This is Marcia Ball and Floyd Domino entertaining guests at a private house party. How come I never get invited to parties like this? Enjoy!

Here's bonus video of Marcia performing "Louella". Enjoy!